It was a normal Friday at the Bond Home and the activity sheet showed our weekly bus trip to Walmart was scheduled. I had a short shopping list, so this seemed like a great way to get my shopping done.
There were about 10 residents who boarded the bus for this shopping spree. I was the last person to board the bus and I got a seat at the rear of the bus. The trip only takes a few minutes and the bus pulls up right at the front door to let us out. I was the last to get out and it took me a minute to get my walker and head for the entrance.
Do you like a surprise? I do – and a huge surprise was waiting as I walked into Walmart. Our Activity Director, Val, was standing and chatting with the surprise waiting for me. Val asked me if I would like to have a volunteer to escort me through the store to make my shopping easier? Of course I said, “Yes.” This was a huge surprise and greatly appreciated because I had no idea where the items might be located in this huge store.
My surprise was a volunteer named Lori. She is an RN, but her duty that day was to steer me through the store and help me find what I needed. I gave her my shopping list and off we went. I move slowly due to being dependent on my walker. She grabbed a cart as we began this delightful shopping tour. Lori, being a volunteer, has made this trip through the store several times and I quickly learned that she knew the store like the back of her hand. She would say to me “take this row and then turn left.” This was, by far, the best shopping I have ever done and, of course, it was many thanks to Lori.
Having finished our shopping, both of us were ready for a cup of coffee. We wanted a place to sit and enjoy a few minutes of relaxation. We were told by several people, “There is no coffee shop in Walmart.” What a disappointment.
Lori had other volunteer duties and had to leave. She was off to the dog pound. She said her “good byes” and would walk her favorite dog soon. She is an RN and works at the emergency room at a local hospital. I thoroughly enjoyed my surprise. My shopping was done in a few minutes rather than an hour or more that it would have taken me had I been left on my own.
Lori has a special personality and a God-given talent to help people. This surprise brought to mind a memory of long ago. For many years I volunteered in the gift shop at the Methodist Rehab Hospital in Jackson. My once-a-week “job” in the gift shop was most fulfilling to me. I had never worked a cash register – a completely new experience – and that learning process would be a story for another day.
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